Samantha Holenski

Research Project

Government Policies & Communication Surrounding Lyme Disease in Canada


Choosing to use my Lyme disease story as a focus for my school project was a deeply personal decision. As a fourth-year Professional Communication student, I recognized the power of narrative and personal experience in conveying complex messages. My journey with Lyme disease, marked by both challenges and triumphs, provided a unique lens through which to explore the intersection of health and communication. By sharing my story, I aim to raise awareness about Lyme disease, destigmatize discussions surrounding chronic illness, and showcase the importance of effective communication in navigating healthcare systems. I saw this project as an opportunity to empower others facing similar health struggles, offering hope and validation through my words and experiences.

Research Summary

This research critically examines the government communication and policies related to Lyme disease in Canada. The study provides a comprehensive background on the disease, covering aspects such as contraction, symptoms, and prevention. Central to the investigation are pressing issues within the healthcare system concerning testing and treatment for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses. The research delves into common misconceptions and challenges surrounding the disease. To address these concerns, the study incorporates an analysis of Canadian, American, and German policies and practices. Additionally, social media content and autoethnography are utilized to gain insights into public perceptions and experiences. By exploring a diverse range of sources, this research aims to contribute a nuanced understanding of the complexities surrounding Lyme disease and inform potential improvements in governmental approaches and healthcare practices.


Research Poster

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